P.D. James is wonderful,yet again. Her books keep you riveted from the first to the last. This one had a few unexpected twists near the end that were great!
This is the best mystery I've "read" in some time.
The plot is great not giving one the ability to guess who did what or why. It reveals itself at a good pace and held my interest as well as being an extremely enjoyable read in the company of some great characters.
Hats off to Ms. James' effort!
P.D. James is incomparable at setting the stage and atmosphere for both plot and scene. In this book, as with her other mysteries, she spends a great deal of the time introducing characters outside of the plot. Her gift is that her character studies are woven so completely that the reader rarely notices that the plot hasn't progressed. My only complaint is Dalgliesh's romantic turn in this novel. Although in character and covered relatively briefly, it seemed somehow as if the mystery was merely an aside to the romance.
I've never read a PD James book because they are so detailed -- to sit in once place and just read it doesn't work. But the audio I enjoy b/c I'm exercising or doing errands and it keeps me entertained. I can see, though, why some reviews are so negative. If I'm correct the murder doesn't happen until after four hours of listening to numerous biographical sketches of some depressing and not very likeable people. But once she gets to writing the actual detective story, i enjoyed it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book but then I wasn't surprised as I think PD James' books are great. It was well read and in keeping with the book's atmosphere. If you like British whodunits then you'll love this one.
Excellent book; just as good as the other PD James books. Great mystery, I did not want to stop listening. The reader was excellent in performing the various characters and expressing the mood of the story. I am looking forward to the next PD James book.
For those of you that remember the old Agatha Christie mysteries this one will bring back memories of those bygone eras. However, the Adam Dagliesh mysteries are as up to date as can be. While this novel is very British by nature it is definitely a 21 century work, with current sexual mores playing an important role. The reader adds an essential element to the story with perfectly depicted British accents that are molded to the strata of society that the character belongs to. Try this one I'm sure that you'll like it.
P.D. James is one of my very favorite authors, her stories are complicated and intelligent, but not burdened with lots of bad language or graphic descriptions of violence. I did think this book was weaker than her other books. I thought most of the characters were shallow and belligerent, the ones that weren't were hardly used. The narration was dull, I had difficulty telling the characters apart occasionally. The last chapter on the Commander's private life was oddly unsatisfying. I've always left the other books wanting more information on Dalgliesh's life outside of the office, but once I was given it, I was sorry I'd asked. It didn't seem to fit and it had the feel of a Cary Grant movie. Given the age of the author, I was left wondering if she wanted to tie up some loose ends with the Commander. If you are a fan already, you will like it, but overall, I was only *satisfied* with it.
James gives us orginanal, well developes characters in a lushous setting. She unfoldes her plot with painstaking care. Every nuance adding to the beautiful picture she paints.
John Keating reads the book spledidly, giving voice to manyy accents. Hiis reading just tops it off perfectly.
Please give us more D.D. James
This book was on the list for the mystery club I attend which is why I bought it. I literally had to force myself to finish it. Otherwise I would have stopped after the first 2 hours. Why spend 15 minutes describing a room that 2 characters simply meet in for 30 seconds? Do we really need to hear the entire life history of each and every character no matter how minor a part they play in the story? The murderer is so improbable its laughable. I think this is just an 83 year old author who is riding on her past fame. Does she still have an editor? If so, this book would easily be 200 pages shorter. And that last scene where Adam's girlfriend reads his letter through the end of the book is enough to gag you. Gooey nonsense. Had this been P.D. James' first book, it would never have made it.